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Recurring Floods and Disaster Management in Pakistan


Introduction | Pakistan is one of the countries highly affected by the climate change phenomenon. Pakistan is exposed to multiple forms of natural and manmade disasters. Natural disasters range from earthquakes, floods, droughts, cyclones, landslides, and sea-based hazards. These disasters result in colossal losses almost every year. But, unfortunately, the matter is still at the lowest priority for the government. This provides a grim picture of the state of affairs and poses distrust on the continuation of outdated policies. As recent monsoon rains and the resultant flooding inundated most part of Punjab, this piece will basically focus on disaster management in Pakistan with special reference to floods.

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Mission Afghanistan | Why Peace there is Important for Pakistan?


Historically, the Pak-Afghan relations have often seen fluctuations, especially in the last three decades. During the Zia era, President Dauod and General Zia-ul-Haq reached a consensus to 'freeze' all the unresolved issues between the two countries, and start working for a prosperous beginning for the both brotherly states. However, unfortunately, their understanding had to be short-lived as the communist coup sabotaged it all.

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India-Pakistan Conflict | Leaders must step foward


The Indian and Pakistani foreign secretaries were supposed to meet to ’talk about talks.’ India cancelled the dialogue at the eleventh hours as 'punishment' after Pakistan's high commissioner in Delhi met with Kashmiri political groups. In the aftermath, there has been a dramatic escalation of shelling along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir. This latest failure by both states to resume dialogue is unfortunate but not surprising, for the history of India-Pakistan dialogue has often witnessed two steps forward, followed by three steps back. To reverse this trend, it is time for the prime ministers of the two states, not their top diplomats, to step to the front.

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Pak-EU Ties | Exploring New Horizons


Results of the recent elections to the European Parliament astounded leaders and political scientists alike. The rise of the far right is being seen as a threat to the very existence of the EU, as indicated by British government's overtures. This is the most crucial time in the history of Europe as a great paradigm shift has been witnessed. The EU has granted GSP Plus status to Pakistan. Moreover, Pakistan-EU relations are also important for our foreign policy makers. In the instant piece, a rational analysis of the prospects for Pak-EU ties in the post-elections scenario is being presented.

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American Interests in Pakistan


A famous English writer and poet Walter Savage Landor once said, “We talk on principle, but we act on interest.” The undeniable reality about relations among states is their vault on interests. Interest only is the permanent thing that sets the overall goal and agenda of a country's foreign policy. With the turn of events in the international arena, a country adopts its strategy and tactics to meet its interests and achieve the foreign policy goals. Geography, economy, nature and volume of trade, political atmosphere, cultural and social values, military strength, population size and location constitute conditions for foreign policy strategy.

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PAK-RUSSIA Relations


Very little is known to the Pakistani public about the depth and breadth of Pak-Russia relations. Spectrum of this relationship is very wide on the canvas that is deprived of the proper colours to complete the picture. One can only blame the media and the bureaucracy of Pakistan for this sorry state of affairs. Nevertheless, it is an undeniable fact that the field is wide open for both countries to expand these relations to any level. All that it needs is for Pakistan in particular to identify its immediate and long-term requirements and work on those with heads down.

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During the Cold War, when the world stood divided between socialist and capitalist camps, foreign policy of any country was reflective of its internal policies. Theoretically, countries having pro-people, welfare-oriented policies were considered socialists whereas those subscribing to unbridled capitalism were in Western or capitalist camp. There were also non-aligned countries, but from those, India and Pakistan were not only close to the Soviet camp, they also intertwined in defence pacts with the West, and still enjoyed the status of being members of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).

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Strategic Vision of Pakistan's Foreign Policy


Crafting a more effective foreign policy constitutes a challenge in a political environment in which non-state actors and their sympathisers have come to occupy a position of strength. Common sense suggests that Pakistan should have friendly relations with all neighbours and with global powers that hold sway. Such a level-headed foreign policy requires realism and has little room for knee-jerk reactions led by populist sentiments.

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4 Reasons Why Xi Delayed Pakistan Visit

Chinese president Xi Jinping has four major reasons for delaying his high-profile state visit to Pakistan. Xi was set to visit Pakistan as part of a tour that also included India and Sri Lanka, with Islamabad being the likely first stop. On 6 September, however, the Chinese foreign ministry released a statement stating that the trip would be cancelled for the time being due to ongoing anti-government protests, with new dates being discussed through diplomatic channels. A renowned Chinese analyst and journalist Mu Chunshan takes a look at the reasons that may have led to the cancellation of the visit.

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Democracy in Pakistan | Always on the Tenterhooks

It is often said that democracy is the best form of government that is functional in most countries of the world today. It is hard to negate that the countries where democracy put its roots down reached the zenith of development and good governance within no time. The exemplary development of the countries like United Kingdom, the US, Japan etc., bears testimony to this fact. Though it has some in-built flaws, yet in the words of Sir Winston Churchill, “It is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.”

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